MOTHER TO BE | Partners Will Be Allowed To Support Women Giving Birth In New York Hospitals

‘In no hospital in New York will a woman be forced to be alone when she gives birth’, says Governor Andrew Cuomo. ‘Not now, not ever’.

In response to two of the New York City’s largest hospital system, New York –Presbyterian and Mount Sinai, banning support people for women in labor during the coronavirus pandemic, support people for women in labor during the coronavirus pandemic, Cuomo announced an executive order mandating the hospitals allow partners in delivery rooms. According to the directive, mothers-to-be can have one support person – including a spouse, partner, family member of doula – with them throughout labor and delivery.

The announcement is a huge relief for expecting parents, doulas, and midwives. ‘This is a major victory for maternal health’, says Jesse Pournaras, the Brooklyn – based doula who created a petition urging Cuomo to safeguard the fundamental right of all laboring individuals that has received over 600,000 signatures. As Pournaras laid out in the call to action, a support person is essential to care for a patient during labor-and risk would increase substantially without one.

Research shows that women who receive adequate social support during labor tend on average to have shorter labors, to control their pain better, and to have less need for medical intervention.

Continuous support means having a person with you the entire time, and nurses cannot be that person because they are, by definition of their job, incapable of spending 100% of the time in the room with you’, explains Pournaras. ‘For people don’t have continuous support, trauma, interventions, and a feeling of being dissatisfied with your birth process are all more likely. Collectively, this can increase the burden on our very overtopped hospital system, especially in this crisis’.

A partner of chosen family member also offers all-important emotional support. ‘Having a loved one there is going to help you feel more relaxed’, says Erica Chidi Cohen, doula, author, and cofounder and CEO of Loom. ‘Being alone in a hospital room doing something as psychologically intense as birth without someone that you can really learn into on rely on is a really hard position to be in. it lays the groundwork for trauma, whether or not you have a hard or challenging birth experience. Even if it’s smooth birth, that lack of anchorage through family or doula, it’s really hard. We’re not supposed to deliver without that support is especially crucial for black women, who are up five time more likely than white women to experience a pregnancy – related death. ‘Given the outcomes for us in terms of maternal mortality, having someone there to advocate on their behalf is so, so important’, says Cohen.

The scare reality of the COVID -19 pandemic is that it’s a changing situation, and there’s no telling what’s on the horizon. As Cohen points out, being prepared for all scenarios is the best strategy to ensure the healthies outcome. ‘We need to embrace that fact that this is insane and not what you envisioned-let that be present’, Cohen advises pregnant women navigating uncharted territory in the time of COVID-19. ‘Knowing how quickly these rules can change, it’s really key to have a virtual support plan in place so that you know, no matter what, you will have a semblance of support and community in place’. But Pournaras hopes that in terms of prioritizing maternal health, New York City can act as an example for the rest of the U.S. ‘I really hope that this order does set a precedent around our country for any communities that are going through an influx COVID-19 patients’, she says. ‘New York state has committed to maternal health and I really hope that commitment is adopted across the board so that no one in any community has to fight these same types of policies’.


FASHION | Saudi Arabia Taps Ex-Parson Dean Burak Cakmak To Lead Kingdom’s Fashion Commission

Saudi Arabia has announced the announced the appointment of Burak Cakmak, the former dean for the College of Fashion at Parsons School of Design at The News School, to lead the Kingdom’s Fashion Commission, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Culture. Cakmak will officially led the Fashion Commission as CEO, with the task … Continue reading FASHION | Saudi Arabia Taps Ex-Parson Dean Burak Cakmak To Lead Kingdom’s Fashion Commission

ROYALS | UK’s Princess Eugenie Names Baby Son August, Buckingham Palace Says

Britain’s Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and her husband Jack Brooksbank have named their son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday. The couple’s first child was born earlier in February, and his name includes an apparent not to the queen’s 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who is in hospital on a precautionary … Continue reading ROYALS | UK’s Princess Eugenie Names Baby Son August, Buckingham Palace Says

ROYALS | Prince Harry, Megan Won’t Return To Royal Family Roles: Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan made their final split with the British royal family, telling Queen Elizabeth that they will not be returning as working members of monarchy, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. Harry and Meghan, who announced they are expecting their second child on Sunday, shocked senior royals last year by announcing plans … Continue reading ROYALS | Prince Harry, Megan Won’t Return To Royal Family Roles: Buckingham Palace

SKIN | The Pro’s Guide To Managing Sensitive Skin This Winter

‘Some people are born with sensitive skin; other people have it temporarily‘, explain dermatologist Amy Wechsler of the surge of rough, ruddy complexion during winter. ‘It’s very common due to cold climate, as well as stress, travel, or sleep deprivation‘. No matter which camp you fall in – seasonal or year – round sufferer – if your skin … Continue reading SKIN | The Pro’s Guide To Managing Sensitive Skin This Winter

FASHION | Balenciaga To Unveil Next Collection Via Futuristic Video Game

Balenciaga’s creative director Demna Gvasalia is to unveil his Fall/winter 2021 collection via a futuristic video game. The unusual format is the latest alternative to the runway for the Georgian designer during the ongoing Covid -19 pandemic, and a statement from the Spanish fashion house said the main collective will feature solely in Afterworld: The Age … Continue reading FASHION | Balenciaga To Unveil Next Collection Via Futuristic Video Game

FASHION | The Dior 2021 Cruise Collection Celebrates The Beauty Of Southern Italy

The Dior 2021 Cruise Collection aims to reflect Puglia’s rich cultural heritage, baroque architecture and relax atmosphere. What better way to start the year than with a veritable celebration of the traditional arts of Puglia. Showcasing the excellence of priceless savoir – faire, the Dior 2021 Cruise Collection revisits the fairy – tale of beauty … Continue reading FASHION | The Dior 2021 Cruise Collection Celebrates The Beauty Of Southern Italy

TRAVEL | The Top ‘Coronavirus – Safe’ Destinations Of 2021 For GCC Residents

For many 2020 was a write – off for international travel, as coronavirus – induced lockdowns, border closures, restricted flights and uncertainty around whether residents could return home with ease ruled – out plans to visit exotic destinations. From isolates escapes adventure holidays and sun – soaked destinations, there are the countries that have opened … Continue reading TRAVEL | The Top ‘Coronavirus – Safe’ Destinations Of 2021 For GCC Residents

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